Launch of Soyuz MS-05 might be rescheduled for the end of July


As Interfax reports with a reference to a source at the cosmodrome, launching of manned mission Soyuz MS-05 to the International Space Station may be postponed for two months.

“The launch was scheduled for May 29, but due to a combination of non-technical factors, it is likely to be postponed till July 28,” the source said.

Soyuz MS-05 has to deliver three members of the ISS-52/53 expedition to the ISS. The commander of the crew is Sergei Ryazansky (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers are Paolo Nespoli (ESA) and Randy Bresnik (NASA).

Earlier it was reported that the ship might be replaced with a similar one due to faults detected during tests.

“A number of problems were identified during the test at Baikonur cosmodrome. Therefore, it is most likely that a ship with a different serial number will fly instead of the planned one,” said the source.